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Turkey roasting time for today's Thanksgiving dinner?

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Hi

I usually cook my stuffed 20 - 22 lb turkey at 325 for about 5 1/2 hours. I buy a fresh one and it always comes out beautifully.

This year's 19 pounder is going to be unstuffed, and I don't know what to do about the timing. I've read anywhere from 5 - 10 minutes less per pound, which would take about 1 1/2 hours off.

Does 4 hours for a 19 pound turkey sound reasonable?

Also, I've been advised to cut a couple of onions and some celery and put that in the cavity.

Any ideas on this would be helpful.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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  1. I've never had the plesure of cooking anything bigger than 11-12 pounds or so, but I do know that celery and onion ( a little sliced apple too) in a unstuffed bird makes the juices nice and flavorful for the gravy.

    1. Interior temperature is more important than cooking time but here's something that will put you in the ball park:

      http://homecooking.about.com/library/...

        1. This question is irrelevent if you use a thermometer in the deepest part of the breast and pull it out when it hits 160.

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          1. re: jameshig

            Irrevelant??? I don't even know what to say to that - clearly it needs to get to temperature, I was wondering generally how long.

            Thanks to blue room, todao and honeybee03 for your more thoughtful replies.